Australian News and Analysis

Queensland: Say ‘NO’ to privatisation!

Queensland: Say ‘NO’ to privatisation!

November 19, 2014 at 10:04 am

The Liberal/National state government has said it plans to sell off more of Queensland’s public assets if it’s re-elected at next year’s state election. Electricity generators and networks, ports and water distribution services are all slated for privatisation. By Corey Snoek, Socialist Party Although with public opinion firmly against privatisation […]

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More wage theft uncovered at 7-Eleven

More wage theft uncovered at 7-Eleven

November 18, 2014 at 3:12 pm

A new class action lawsuit may help 7-Eleven workers regain hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen wages. The stolen wages scam was first uncovered by UNITE – the fighting union for fast food and retail workers in Victoria during 2008. It operates whereby franchisees doctor their books to pay […]

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Vic: People disillusioned with the major parties

Vic: People disillusioned with the major parties

November 14, 2014 at 9:48 am

The stench of political death emanates from the Liberal-National coalition government as it faces likely defeat at the November 29 Victorian state election. By Stephen Jolly, Socialist Party A scandal on the last day of parliament involving the secret distribution of porn from the Premier’s office was symbolic of the […]

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WA: Stop deaths in custody

WA: Stop deaths in custody

November 13, 2014 at 11:11 am

Julieka Dhu, a young aboriginal woman, was arrested on August 2 in South Headland for owing unpaid fines of about $1,000. In police custody she complained of feeling unwell. She was twice taken to the Hedland Health Campus where she was deemed by medical staff to be fit to return […]

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Rent control and more public housing now!

Rent control and more public housing now!

November 13, 2014 at 10:55 am

More than 100,000 people are homeless in Australia, and waiting lists for public housing average two-to-three years in most places. In some areas people wait up to five years. In Victoria, 37% of low income earners suffer from housing stress – spending more than 30% of income on rent or […]

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Victory in sight for anti toll road campaign!

Victory in sight for anti toll road campaign!

November 12, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Rally for public transport this weekend in the Melbourne CBD! Despite mounting public pressure to postpone the signing of the East-West toll road contracts until after the November 29 election, Victorian Premier Denis Napthine rushed to sign the contracts in late September. He also ticked off on a ‘kill-clause’, which […]

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Abbott moving to further undermine refugee rights

Abbott moving to further undermine refugee rights

November 10, 2014 at 12:59 pm

After sealing the disgraceful deal to send asylum seekers to Cambodia in September, the Abbott government is continuing to step up their attacks on refugee rights. New legislation dealing with people that arrive by boat explicitly contradicts international laws. By Tim Tran, Socialist Party The proposed laws take away the […]

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NSW: Police and priests collude

NSW: Police and priests collude

November 7, 2014 at 9:20 am

It has been revealed that the NSW Police were warned twice by its own lawyers that an intelligence sharing arrangement with the Catholic Church in regards to child abuse allegations was illegal. By Gary Duffy, Socialist Party Sydney In 1996 mandatory reporting laws came into force in NSW as a […]

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Abbott’s war drive, terror threats and Islamaphobia

Abbott’s war drive, terror threats and Islamaphobia

November 6, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Editorial comment from the November/December 2014 edition of The Socialist In recent months we have seen the re-emergence of the ‘war on terror’. The US, supported by Australia and other western powers, has led a new military offensive in Iraq and Syria. This time, they tell us, the intervention is […]

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Obituary: Gough Whitlam, 1916-2014

Obituary: Gough Whitlam, 1916-2014

October 31, 2014 at 10:58 am

Former Labor Prime Minister Edward Gough Whitlam has died. He was 98. Whitlam served as the 21st Prime Minister of Australia from 5 December 1972 until his controversial dismissal by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, on 11 November 1975. He is often remembered for the progressive reforms that were introduced […]

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